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April 2, 2010

Paleo Poetry – Volume 2

Filed under: diet — Tags: , , — Micah Vandegrift @ 8:13 am

{Josh ran across this site a few weeks ago and emailed it around to the rest of us. I was finally able to check it out and thought it’d be worthwhile share.}

Fight Back!

Food Renegade hosts a weekly “blog carnival” called Fight Back Fridays. In honor of this week’s FBF edition, I have decided to revive my Paleo Poetry series. This one is dedicated to that omnipresent devil of the American Food Industry, corn.

**The Great Corn Rebellion **

Your stalks so beautiful, the American landscape serene.

Your kernels so golden, their husky wrapping pristine.

Agribusiness is thriving, and the people rejoice.

“King Corn til death” they say, in a unified voice.

Corn in my cereal, and in my cereal box gloss.

Corn in my side dish, my drink and my BBQ sauce.

King Corn, I abhor you, rebellious (un-American) as it may be.

I’d like some protein, good fat, and veggies carbs please, a better way I can see.

Mayhaps I am different, even “weird” as it goes.

I eat (mostly) paleo, though I still get caught in your starchy throes.

Corn will not rule me, and my body will rejoice.

“Death to King Corn” say we, Food Renegades, in an ever-louder, more unified voice.


  1. As more consumers learn the truth, they are ignoring the misguided few who claim that all bad things start with HFCS and corn. Exercise will do more to get rid of the obesity problem than anything will. Man was not made to sit on his butt all day and watch TV. Get moving America.

    Comment by Michael — April 2, 2010 @ 3:17 pm

  2. (Coach Josh here using Mara’s account) I like Michael’s sentiment, but the importance of poetry like this is that exercise WON’T do more to get rid of obesity than anything else. Consistent and serious change must come from diet primarily. Exercise in truly ancillary. Long live paleo poetry!!

    Comment by Mara — April 2, 2010 @ 6:18 pm

  3. Michael’s blog would indicate that he and/or his family are corn farmers. Can you say “conflict of interest”?

    Comment by damaged justice — April 4, 2010 @ 6:45 am

    • So it is conflict of interest to speak up for your industry? Perhaps as a producer of corn, but not HFCS I have a better knowledge of the subject. Also years have added to my understanding. I have seen more “studies” that have shown that one food product is bad only to be disproved years later. HFCS came into use at a time when people were exercising less due to a change in jobs here in the U.S. I’d still blame lack of exercise for weight gain, the exercise of pushing away from the table sooner.
      Also, it is not corn in everything, but a product that is derived from corn, which could be derived from any grain.
      The truth of the matter is that much more corn is used as livestock food than people food. So even eating meat will keep you eating corn.

      Comment by Michael — April 4, 2010 @ 11:29 am

  4. Unless we eat grass-fed meat, which we definitely advise over grain-fed beef.

    Comment by joshuaeller — April 4, 2010 @ 6:36 pm

    • Hello, Corn is a grass.

      Comment by Michael — April 4, 2010 @ 7:35 pm

  5. Corn maybe a grass but cows cannot digest it, hence the practice of using of antibiotics to keep the cows alive long enough to slaughter.

    Comment by Abby Vandegrift — April 5, 2010 @ 8:11 am

  6. Wow! My little poem has inspired quite a discussion. Thanks for all the comments. Basically here in our little fitness community we are at a point where we avoid all grains and sugars, so unfortunately for us, corn is just one of those things we stay away from. We all can agree that exercise is one of the factors leading to overall fitness, but a scientifically sound diet is equal in importance to us here. As I alluded to in the poem, I understand the implications of this decision on the amazing farmers that have done so much to make America great, but at this point in my life my health and continued overall fitness are more important. I would like to see a change in the entire American “food chain” and I would hope that farmers and agriculturalists could adapt their crops to suit the needs of communities they serve. For us, those needs are lean meat (not fed grain), fresh veggies and sources of natural good fats, all in balance with one another.

    Comment by Micah Vandegrift — April 5, 2010 @ 2:52 pm

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